Five Shots: Colorado Aspens

These pictures were taken today and tomorrow of 2015. We were hoping to return to South Central Colorado for fall break, but it didn’t work out. A revisit through the photo album will have to suffice. Which one do you like best?

1. Gold Framing
2. Black and Gold
3. The Hills Are Alive
4. Inside the Aspen Grove
5. Fall Drive
6. Trout Lake, outside of Telluride
7. Colorado Pines
8. Granite Face
9. At the edge of Trout Lake
10. Aspen Buddies
11. Looking up
12. Feels like you are in the Alps

We were fortunate the weather was perfect. Capturing a perfect day locks in the memory and lessens the sting of a humdrum day.

Five Shots: Last Greens of Summer

Cool temperatures and blue skies had us in the car heading north today to see if the Aspen leaves had turned. The scenic drive from Sedona up to Flagstaff is one of the prettiest scenic drives around. At Flagstaff, we hiked around Hart Prairie where a frost burnt the ferns and the Aspens were still green. Then we drove over to Garland Prairie to see if the fields of flowers were blooming, but we were too late, the flower stalks were black and wilted. Even though our timing was off, to catch leaves and flowers in their glory, Jim, Bear, and I enjoyed the pleasant weather. Which shot do you like best?

1. Sedona Rocks at Oak Creek
2. Hart Prairie, Flagstaff
3. Hart Prairie
4. Aspen Leaves
5. Aspen Leaf in the Sun
6. Grazing Cow at Garland Prairie
7. Garland Prairie

Five Shots: Plateau Sunset

1. Campfire at the edge

The plateau at the edge of the Sycamore Canyon, Arizona is a ridge line with a 360 view. The Northeastern view is comprised of the outlying Red Rocks bordering Sedona. Looking Southwest, the sun sets over Mingus Mountain. It has become over recent years a favorite spot for us to relax and star gaze without light pollution or crowds. Last night our family went out on the plateau to catch the meteor shower. We weren’t disappointed. Before the light show, the clouds entertained us. Here are some shots from last night.

2. Sea Horses
3. Rainbow Fingers
4. Big Sky
5. Vista to the Red Rocks
6. Yellow Glow

Which one do you like best?

Five Shots: Clouds on the Rim

Some of our visiting family have never been to Eastern Arizona. Most people assume Arizona looks like the Phoenix landscape.  90 miles north, the Mogollon Rim is one of my favorite spots in this diverse state. Arizona ranks 6th in size among the 50 states. The total area of Arizona is 114,000 sq mi (295,260 sq km), of which land takes up 113,508 sq mi (293,986 sq km) and inland water 492 sq mi (1,274 sq km).  Here are some shots I took kayaking and hiking around the rim. The clouds were colossal. Which photo do you like best?

Bright Blue Sky
Kayaking on Woods Canyon Lake
Soft Reflection
Shore Line
Creeping Clouds
Far Side of the Lake
At the Edge
The Mogollon Rim

Five Shots: OBX

Kill Devil Hills Beach

North Carolina’s Outer Banks (OBX) has a history of pirates and lighthouses, THE LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE, and the location of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s famous first flight in 1903. Check out this CBS Sunday Morning video about historian David McCullough’s book, The Wright Brothers. (A great read).

On the OBX you will discover sand dunes and wild horses and your eyes will fill with brown sugar beaches and water–the Pamlico Sound on the west side and the Atlantic Ocean on the east side. In addition to the history, add Southern hospitality and all the seafood you can eat. The warm breezes and the chilly Atlantic relaxed us beyond measure. Jim and I attended a special wedding at sunset on the beach when the waves turned into silver and the tall grass on the dunes waved under the pink sunset. Living in the desert, the water was therapeutic for us. We were only there for a few days, but in my mind, I’m already planning to rent a house and have a full family vacation at the OBX in the future. But for now, it was a welcome retreat and an opportunity to rejoice in an intimate family celebration.  Which shot do you like best?

Fish Enchiladas at Bernie’s
Kill Devil Hills looking North
Pamlico Sound Tiki Bar at Duck

Pamlico Sound house pier
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Bodie Lighthouse
View at the top
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Looking down nine floors

Oregon Inlet fishing station. Today’s catch.
Mahi
Waves at Rodanthe
Sunset over Pamlico Sound
Supper’s Ready
The bride and groom and the proud witnesses

 

 

Five Shots: Perkinsville Road

I can’t rave enough the day trip experience riding out on Perkinsville Road which begins at Jerome, AZ and eventually connects to the overland trail/road at Kaibab Forest and comes out at a splendorous spot, Garland Prairie, west of Flagstaff. Dislike crowds and congestion? When you come to visit Arizona, try this road trip for an authentic cowboy experience that would make Zane Grey proud. Which is your favorite picture?

1. The crowd is in Jerome. Two minutes past the mining town, the road cuts away into the wilderness.
2. A faraway fire makes for a cloudy day. Looking back at Jerome and the Verde Valley.
3. Facing Chino Valley and heading to the back side of Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.
4. Tall Sentry plant. Surely Dr. Seuss was inspired by these giants?
5. Plate-sized sentry blossoms
6. White Desert Poppy
7. Juniper foreground to Sycamore Canyon cliffs
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8. I can see for miles.
9. Desert Black and White Cow
10. Tiger Striped Milker
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11. Entering Kaibab National Forest
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12. JD Dam
13. Out of the pines into Garland Prairie. The San Francisco Peaks are in the distance.
14. Old cabin in the prairie.
15. Clouds over the San Francisco Peaks
16. Dirt Road to Interstate 40 (Route 66) which runs across the country for over 2,000 miles.
17. A fine Saturday drive. Back downtown to the Verde Valley, an hour south of Flagstaff.

 

 

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